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Drones in Further Education

Drones in Further Education

In an era marked by unprecedented technological advancements, the integration of drone technology into education has emerged as a pioneering force, propelling both educators and students towards exciting new horizons. At Iprosurv, we proudly introduce our innovative “Drones in Education Programme,” a ground-breaking approach designed to empower organizations to harness the potential of drone technology within their academic curricula. What sets our initiative apart is our commitment to facilitating not just the introduction of drones into education, but also equipping educators with the knowledge and skills to become proficient drone mentors themselves.

A Unique Approach to Empowerment

Our approach revolves around the “teach the teacher” philosophy, ensuring that educators not only grasp the basics of drone technology and operations but also gain the technical and practical expertise necessary to inspire and guide their students. By utilizing internal staff, Iprosurv provides a comprehensive training experience that is both immersive and transformational.

Our guidance is rooted in operational and real-world experience, having worked closely with some of the largest blue-chip organizations in the UK and around the world. We bring this wealth of knowledge to your institution, offering insights and best practices gleaned from actual drone operations in various industries.

How does drones in education work?

So how will it work? Opposite are the stages we will work through to ensure you get the most from your drones in education experience, and that your cohorts have the confidence and ability to deliver drone training to their students.

Iprosurv will allocate one of our dedicated consultants to you for ythe duration of your journey.

All our consultants are either from an educational or drone related background, they understand where drone technology is heading and what benefits and opportunities it bringing’s.

they also understand where the UK is at the moment in realising its potential within the industry and reaping the rewards of having  a trained workforce in every aspect of the technology revolution.

They will ensure you are at the forefront of current training and Drones offer public and private organisations an opportunity to carry out tasks faster, safer, cheaper and with less impact on the environment than traditional methods. This report focuses on these types of drone operations, which we refer to as “Commercial Drones opportunities.

once the consultation is over it we will look at curriculum planning and what courses we see that can be implemented quickly, such as construction, engineering and facilities management, these are areas where drone technology is already making huge impacts.

We will also look at longer term projects and low hanging fruit that you can capitalise on instantly, such as online learning which Iprosurv can supply.

Educational facilities are in the unique position of having specialist teachers and tutors and great facilities.

Next we will train your staff lesson by lesson on how to teach drone technology within you curriculum where it should be introduced and confidence in knowing the subject.

we will stay with your tutors as long as it takes, on the first lessons if requested we will teach the first courses until the tutor is confident.

during our train the trainer training we will ensure your tutor is qualified up to General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) and registered as a qualified drone pilot with the Civil Aviation Authority.

All of the learning material is supplied by Iprosurv, we will also facilitate all updates to the material.

The learning material can be dual branded, we will also set up an online portal for you if you require any online learning modules.

Iprosurv are a DJI enterprise reseller, which means we can be the on stop solution for all of your drone needs from small training drones to complex mapping and LIDAR drones including all spare parts and ancillaries.

we will consult with you on the best drone or drone combinations to achieve maximum results and a great learning experience for your students.

we can also help and supply specialist software which will be taught during the course.

Once you are up and running and delivering drone courses, you will be allocated a drones in education manager, this will normally be the person who has been with you through the entire process.

This will be you one point of call to answer all your questions.

Your drones in education manager will also have regular engagement and meetings with you as you identify more courses that you can integrate drone technology into or even launch stand alone drone courses.

Opportunities in 2030

Drones offer public and private organisations an opportunity to carry out tasks faster, safer, cheaper and with less impact on the environment than traditional methods. This report focuses on these types of drone operations, which we refer to as “Commercial Drones”,

  • Drones could contribute up to £45bn to the UK economy
  • More than 900,000 drones could operate in the UK’s skies
  • £22bn in net cost savings may be realised
  • Carbon emissions could be reduced by 2.4M tons
  • 650,000 jobs could be associated with an economy that fully adopts drones

Why teach drones in the curriculum

Teaching drone technology in education offers a wide range of benefits for students, educators, and society as a whole.

In recent years, drones have transitioned from being military tools to becoming accessible and versatile devices used across various industries and domains.

This transformation has led to an increased demand for skilled professionals who can harness the potential of drones in innovative and responsible ways.

As a result, integrating drone education into the curriculum has become crucial to prepare the next generation for the challenges and opportunities presented by this rapidly evolving technology.

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The interdisciplinary nature of drone technology further strengthens its educational value. Teaching drones involves a convergence of knowledge from various fields, encouraging students to explore connections between disciplines. For example, while learning about drone flight mechanics, students may delve into physics and aerodynamics, and when working with sensors and data analysis, they might draw on principles from mathematics and computer science. This integrative learning approach not only broadens their knowledge base but also nurtures a holistic understanding of complex systems, preparing them for future challenges where interdisciplinary expertise is crucial.

Some of the benefits of teaching drone technology in education curriculums

Overall, integrating drone technology in education equips students with valuable skills and knowledge, empowering them to become future innovators, problem solvers, and responsible users of technology in a rapidly evolving world.


The drone industry is rapidly growing and offers diverse career opportunities in fields such as construction, engineering, surveying, mapping, agriculture, filmmaking, environmental monitoring, emergency response and more.

By learning drone technology early on, students can explore potential career paths.

Drones provide a hands-on learning experience, allowing students to design, build, program, and operate the devices.

This practical approach enhances their problem-solving skills and encourages creativity and innovation.

Drone technology involves principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Integrating drones into the educational process can make these subjects more engaging and practical, encouraging students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Drones encompass various disciplines such as aerodynamics, electronics, data analysis, and software programming.

Teaching drone technology bridges the gap between these fields and helps students understand the interconnections between them.

Drones are used in numerous real-world applications, from disaster response and environmental monitoring to precision agriculture and infrastructure inspection.

Integrating drone education allows students to explore these practical applications, fostering a sense of responsibility and awareness about their potential uses.

As our society becomes increasingly technologically driven, it’s crucial for students to develop technological literacy.

Teaching drone technology helps them become familiar with cutting-edge tools and prepares them for a technologically advanced future.

Drones can be used for various purposes beyond traditional applications.

Encouraging students to explore and experiment with drone technology can spark creativity and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

Incorporating discussions about ethics and responsible use of drones in education is essential.

It prompts students to consider privacy concerns, safety protocols, and the impact of drone usage on society.

Many drone-related projects require collaboration between students, promoting teamwork, communication skills, and the ability to work together towards common goals.

Drone technology introduces students to complex challenges such as flight control, sensor integration, and data analysis.

Overcoming these challenges fosters resilience, critical thinking, and perseverance.

Drones can be used for environmental research, conservation efforts, and monitoring ecosystems.

Teaching students about these applications instills a sense of environmental awareness and responsibility.

Drone technology is not limited by gender or physical abilities, making it an inclusive educational topic that can attract a diverse range of students.


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If you our institution delivers T Levels then you can use that funding to train your cohorts and students, giving you the ability and flexibility to deliver a unique training experience for your students.

“T Levels are a key rung on the ladder of opportunity, giving students the opportunity to combine classroom-based learning with valuable hands-on industry placements.

You can use the funding to buy all of the equipment and training you will need to deliver drone training, we have provided bespoke packages of training and equipment and continued support for dozens of learning establishments just like yours.

Contact us to find out more.


We have developed a way to train your entire cohort drone technology and where it can be incorporated as a stand alone course or can be integrated into other courses.

Courses can bespoke and tailored to what your students want to learn:

  • Construction mapping
  • Precision agriculture
  • Construction monitoring
  • Facilities management inspections
  • Utility inspections
  • Communications tower inspections

And many more in fact over 150 additional modules specific to your curriculum.

STEM Education

‘In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past.

STEM education outside of the normal curriculum can be hard to achieve for key stages 1-5. However drones offer a great and interesting alternative to the normal subjects and do actually cover all of the the STEM subjects.

  • Science (drone technology relies on a lot of the laws of physics to maintain flight).
  • Technology (drones are at the cutting edge of technology and will continue to have a huge impact on the future).
  • Engineering (drones are being used in engineering from inspections, surveys, delivery, urban mobility, all the way to applications such as vertical farming and precision agriculture).
  • Mathematics (drones rely on complex algorithms to operate in a three dimensional environment especially in fully autonimouse missions)

Could you help a your local schools in the delivery of STEM education, by utilising you own staff to deliver drone technology based learning and education, where Key stages 1-5 may find it difficult to deliver.

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Drone Pilot Education

As drones advance in the UK, it is important to understand who we need to train within the UK to maximise the benefits for students as the market progresses.It is also important to understand where we are now and where we need to be to make drone education available to all.Lets have a look at the current drone market and how that is made, and how to better understand the change we need to commit to.

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4% of drone pilots are women, and 96% are men.

This drone demographic statistic highlights a significant gender imbalance within the UK drone industry.

The low percentage of female drone pilots indicates that more efforts need to be made to encourage and support women in pursuing careers and hobbies within this field.

By promoting diversity and inclusivity in the drone sector, the industry can benefit from a broader range of skills, perspectives, and talents.

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The age distribution of drone pilots in the UK
  • 7% between 18 and 24
  • 16% between 25 and 34.
  • 25% between 35 and 44.
  • 25% between 45 and 54.
  • 27% 55 and above.

This drone demographic statistic reveals that the drone industry attracts individuals across various age groups, with the majority of pilots falling within the 35-44 and 55+ age brackets.

So reflecting on the Price Waterhouse Cooper “Skies without limits 2” how are we going to cater for the 650.00 jobs that are gong to be available in the drone industry if we have not got a trained workforce in that sector.

We need to be educating  the 7% that are in further education and the workforce of tomorrow so that they can educate their employers moving forward.

Partners in Drone Education

Overall, educational partnerships offer numerous advantages by promoting collaboration, resource sharing, innovation, and expanded educational opportunities. They can help institutions deliver a higher quality of education, foster research and innovation, and prepare students to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving globalized world.

That’s why we have made partnerships with what we believe to be the best in their field at what they do.

To ensure your students get the most from thier training from planning, operational planning and data processing we have partnered with Drone Harmony for flight planning software and GNext Labs for complete data processing.

Read more below about our preferred partners.

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Iprosurv Drone Harmony Partner

Drone Harmony is a leader in automation software for data acquisition workflows in the commercial drone market.

Its software solutions are based on a proprietary 3D Flight Planning Engine enabling market-leading degrees of automation in flight plan generation, plan visualization and flight execution, leading to safer and more efficient data acquisition.

With its software solution, Drone Harmony makes it possible to scale drone-based data capture workflows from small POC’s to large enterprise-wide operations.

Iprosurv Partner gNext

gNext Labs is an enterprise data analytics company providing the ability to harness video and image data, and transform it into actionable business and operational intelligence.

This proprietary cloud based SaaS system creates highly accurate point cloud and 3D models as digital replicas to solve a wide variety of industrial missions.

These models provide analytics that offer highly valuable data-driven insights.

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence enable automated feature detection and predictive analysis.

With Computer Vision, the way data analytics are handled in the future are becoming a reality, today.

Case Studies

As Iprosurv is the largest drone operations supply chain in the UK, we have deployed thousands of operations for our clients in a host of different locations with different requirements.


  • Construction
  • Facilities Management
  • Inspections
  • Utilities
  • Surveillance
  • Agriculture
  • Confined Space

The case studies below are just a sample of actual cases Iprosurv has conducted and delivered data to our clients.